published Saturday, June 30th, 2012, updated June 30th, 2012 at 8:14 p.m.

Forest fires break out in Polk County

Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - This hot and dry weather is causing a breakout of forest fires in Polk County. There are several hundred acres burning as we speak.

There are three active forest fires burning in the Cherokee National Forest right now. The first started on Monday. Two others started Thursday. Putting them out is proving to be an intense battle.

"The extreme drought and the high temperatures cause the fires to spread and makes it very difficult to control them," Nina Barrow with USDA Forest Services said.

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